Tevin Shaw didn't expect to be in this position.
A week ago, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete from Piscataway (NJ) Township High appeared all set to sign with the University of Iowa on National Signing Day, when the Hawkeyes unexpectedly informed him they no longer had room in their recruiting class.
But things on the recruiting front may be looking up for Shaw, as the Kansas Jayhawks have entered the picture.
"They just said they heard about what happened with Iowa," he said. "And they told me after Signing Day they should have a couple of scholarship offers open, and they'd call me back after."
They did, in fact, have space available, and followed up on their promise to call. Though reports Wednesday night indicated Shaw had done everything from verbally commit to formally ink a National Letter of Intent with the Jayhawks, they were inaccurate.
"I'm not committed at this point," he said.
Shaw is taking an official visit, however, beginning Feb. 10. And while he doesn't know much about Kansas yet, he's eager and willing to learn.
"I'm definitely excited to come out and see what it's all about," Shaw said.
He said the Jayhawks are looking at him as a running back, and it's not hard to understand why. A solidly-built speedster, as a senior in 2011 Shaw rushed for 1529 yards on 245 carries, scoring 23 touchdowns in the process.
A versatile talent, he was a defensive force as well – totaling 75 tackles, three interceptions and a pair of sacks from his spot at safety.